Bat Masterson, Foreigner and Lawman

Bat MastersonBat Masterson is one of the most famous lawmen in the Old West.  But he was also a serial lawbreaker.

Bat was born in Canada in 1853 and never became a US citizen.  Yet he not only voted in American elections, he held elected office—as a deputy and then sheriff in Ford County, KS (Dodge City) and marshal of Trinidad, CO.  Masterson’s crowning glory: appointed as a deputy US marshal for the southern district of New York by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905.

But it was illegal for foreigners to hold those jobs—or to vote.

What do you think?

Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.